Thought I'd give a quick update on what photography is like in the distant north. As you may know, in the summer the sun is up for huge amounts of time. In contrast, the sun is largely absent during the wintertime. North of the arctic circle, the sun will vanish entirely for a portion of the winter. Since i'm about 100 miles south of the arctic circle, I will have a little under 4 hours of sunlight at winter solstice. On one hand, that's a whole lot of darkness; on the other hand, the sun is at a very low elevation above the horizon so ALL of that light will be golden hour light! So right now, I'm getting about 6 hours of golden hour light on a clear day.
This snapshot was taken about one hour before sunset outside my hotel; unfortunately I haven't had any time to stake out good photo locations yet.